Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into the acupuncture points which are located along the meridians. Each of the points on the meridians has an influence on the functioning of the particular organ, such as the liver or spleen, that the meridian is connected to. The relevant points are utilised to treat the dysfunction in the various organs. There are 14 meridians along which lie 366 acupuncture points. The insertion of the needles is usually painless but when the needle touches the acupuncture point a tingling, numb or ''full'' feeling is experienced, which soon passes; this feeling indicates that the point is being activated. Depending on the nature of the treatment up to 12 needles are inserted for up to 20 minutes.  Treatment may also involve warming the points using moxa, a herb that is placed on the handle of the needle and lit; its heat gently warms the point and the surrounding area. 

   As an immediate effect of an acupuncture treatment people often feel very relaxed. Over the following 24 hours there is usually a noticeable improvement in their symptoms accompanied by a shift in their energy levels – they may feel tired and need to rest; or alternatively, experience an increase in their energy. Acupuncture has a cumulative effect over a period of time as the body is gradually brought back to a state of balance and health; this is usually accompanied by general sense of well being.

Acupuncture is an extremely safe system of treatment with occasional mild side effects that quickly pass. At Abington Park Clinic in Northampton we use single use pre-packed sterilised disposable needles.


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